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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: During World War II his radio broadcasts were popular with German soldiers, who called him "Der Bingle". The nickname stuck and spread to his American fans.
  • Something Completely Different: His last recording — where he recorded a duet with David Bowie. In a career that included duet recordings with all of the great pop vocalists from the 1930s onward, from Grace Kelly, Ethel Merman, Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and many others, one of his best known — and best-loved — duets was with Bowie, a performer known for his innovative visual presentations, his vastly different style of music (art and glam rock, as opposed to straight crooning-style, vocal pop) and unique characters (Ziggy Stardust among them). Recorded in 1977 (sadly, shortly before Bing's death, and aired as part of that year's Christmas special), "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" remained a quiet favorite until nationally released as single in 1982, when the song and its message of peace, hope and goodwill quickly became a staple of holiday radio. Even more amazing: Bing's final significant hit gave him 55 years of hitmaking (1927 through 1982), a longevity record that few if any performers — not even Elvis Presley, Elton John, George Jones and Paul McCartney (both solo and with The Beatles) — have come close to beating.
  • Those Two Actors: As mentioned on the main page, Bing and Bob Hope in the Road to ... films. They had a Real Life friendship as well!

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